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A diagram of dental implant at Periodontal Associates. Dental implants are a highly effective solution for lost teeth. Crowns mimic natural teeth in their form and function and titanium posts bond with and stimulate your jaw bone, allowing the Dental Implants to act just like a natural tooth would.

Unfortunately, implants can occasionally fail, and if this happens we will need you to come in so we can repair or replace them.

The Structure of an Implant


Most dental implants are made of a titanium post that is embedded in the jaw bone, a ceramic crown that acts as a replacement tooth and an abutment that connects the post and the crown. If one of these parts loosens or breaks, all three can become compromised.

Titanium is usually chosen for implants because it bonds with the jaw bone in a process known as osseointegration. If this process doesn't occur properly then you'll end up with an implant that isn't firmly in place. This will lead to problems later on.

Signs that an Implant May Fail


If the bone doesn't grow around the implant in the right way, mobility is often the primary signal that the implant may fail. This mobility is often very slight at first and usually only a dentist can see it, but as time goes on an implant that hasn't integrated properly can shift when you chew or speak. Implants that have failed completely with frequently.

Other warnings signs of impending failure include pain, inflammation, and infection, but these do not always occur. If Dr. Eshraghi notices that your implant is moving, he may conduct an x-ray to make sure the bone is growing. If the implant is failing, the x-ray may reveal considerable bone loss around the metal area.

Repair and Replacement


In cases where the implant crown becomes cracked or detached, it is an easy matter for us to attach a new, or make any other repairs if necessary. However, if the damage to the implant is too severe, we will need to remove and replace it.

It is easy for us to remove a failed dental implant, but we will need to use a local anesthetic for this procedure. Once the implant is removed Dr. Eshraghi will carefully clean the area. Then we can begin the process of inserting a new implant, making careful note of what went wrong the first time. If there is enough healthy bone in the same area, we won't need a bone graft.

However, in cases of significant bone loss, we may need to place a bone graft to improve the site of the removed implant before placing a new one. Once the bone graft is complete, your mouth may need several months to heal before we can put in a new implant. During the healing period, Dr. Eshraghi may ask you to quit smoking, postpone cancer treatment or make other lifestyle adjustments that will reduce the risk of the next implant failing as well.

Always remember to take good care of your implants by brushing and flossing daily. Also take care to eat a balanced diet and abstain from using your teeth as tools, as this can chip them. If you experience any problems with your Dental Implants, contact us right away.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at (971) 317-8414.
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Caring For Your Teeth As You Age


Posted on 5/9/2022 by Periodontal Associates
Caring For Your Teeth As You AgeAs people get older, they face many challenges. Dental aging is one of the challenges and side effects of enduring a long, full life. As we age, we are susceptible to have receding gums. Usually, the gums will shrink and recede naturally as we grow older. This recession of the gums exposes the more sensitive surfaces of the tooth, near the root. As a result, older people are more likely to have cavities within or near the base of their teeth. Often, the damage may at times go unnoticed because older people lose some sensitivity. Besides, older people experience dry mouth and their enamel may be worn because of the lifetime use of the teeth.

How to Care for the Teeth


Although there is little you can do with the natural aging process, it is still important you maintain a healthy dental regimen. Despite the increased chances of experiencing tooth decay, you can still protect the teeth. Therefore, as an elderly person, brush twice a day, particularly after eating. Get an electric toothbrush that has soft bristles if you have difficulties moving the manual toothbrush. Also, floss regularly, at least one. This way, you are able to hit the spots in between your teeth and the areas near the gum line where you remove plaque and food debris.

Moreover, chew sugar-free gum to help combat dry mouth. Chewing gum helps stimulate the production of saliva, which is a natural cleanser of the mouth. Saliva bathes away bacteria and food particles thus reducing the buildup of plaque.

Additionally, rinse the mouth regularly. While rinsing may not be as effective as the bathing done by natural saliva, it can be helpful, particularly after consuming high-sugar or acidic foods in order to help reduce their effects on the gums and teeth. Coffee, orange juice, soda, and wine are common culprits, therefore consider having a quick water rinse once you consume them. Visit our periodontist for checkups to make sure that your oral health stays a notch higher.



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